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Dental fillings are typically made from an artificial material. They are designed to repair a modest area of tooth decay for up to several years. Poor oral hygiene, the ravages of time, or the general size of a filling can all contribute to the failure in the cement that holds the filling to the surrounding tooth enamel.

Early detection of a bad filling will greatly improve the treatment options your dentist, Dr. Chadwick Webster, recommends. With that in mind, there are a few warning signs and symptoms that might indicate that a filling is starting to go bad.

With a filling on the biting surface of the tooth, you might notice a sharp pain when biting down or chewing. If the filling is near your tongue, you might feel a sharp edge or a change in texture.

If the bacteria living in your mouth have worked their way between the filling and the healthy enamel of the tooth, it might develop a light shade of gray in the nearby enamel. This could be a serious cause for concern as it could allow the decay to penetrate deep into the sensitive internal structures of the tooth.

If you suspect that your tooth has a bad filling in Tulsa, Oklahoma, you should not delay in contacting Dental Creations at 918-307-0307 to have it examined and treated.